What’s NEW

What’s NEW

Here’s all the latest updates and news from Learning Disability England.

DNAR decisions – What the members survey told us


88 organisations filled in a snap shot survey in late April. They told us about Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR)  decisions during coronavirus for the people they support.

The survey found that approximately two thirds of the organisations replying did not report an increase in DNARs in 2020 for the people they support.

But some organisations said DNAR decisions had been made either on groups of people or on individuals without consultation with them, their loved ones or the people who support them. This was not in accordance with guidance and best practice, and in some cases could be illegal.

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#right2home campaign


#right2home is a campaign to keep the Whorlton Hall scandal on the political agenda, and press the government to act on its promises.

It is led by self advocates and family campaingers.

We know that more than 2,000 adults and children are still in secure mental health units.

Since the coronavirus lockdown started, people in secure units may not have seen advocates or family carers. We are worried about their welfare.

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Leaders List 2020 are looking for judges

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List are looking for judges for 2020. The Leaders’ List is a partnership between Dimensions, Learning Disability England and VODG.

They are looking for judges with a learning disability. They are very keen to have judges who represent the whole of the learning disability community. This includes people with more ‘complex’ support needs who may not use verbal communication.

They are also looking for judges with lived experience, as a family member or friend for example.

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Challenge made over lack of CQC inspections during coronavirus pandemic





Learning Disability England have worked with 10 other organisations to jointly write to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to raise their concerns about the decision to stop carrying out inspections of care homes and hospitals.

On 16 March 2020, the CQC announced a cessation of regular inspections, save for “in a very small number of cases” where there are “concerns of harm, such as allegations of abuse”.

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